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The need to bring Verizon FiOS television and Internet service to Buffalo will be discussed during a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the West Side Community Center, 161 Vermont St.

State Sen. Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan are hosting the meeting, which will focus on Verizon’s unwillingness to establish service in certain communities.

Also this week:

• The Buffalo Brownfield Redevelopment Corporation and the Real Estate Committee of the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. will meet at noon Monday in the fourth-floor conference room at 95 Perry St.

• A Planning Board meeting begins at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in Room 901 in City Hall. Members will consider a proposed addition to the Jasper Parrish administration building at 520 Hertel Ave., an addition to a home at 17 Burbank Terrace and the expansion of a gas station at 432 Dingens St.

• The Council’s Civil Service Committee meets at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

• The Council’s Finance Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers. The city’s contract with ambulance provider Rural/Metro is on the agenda.

• A meeting of the Council’s Community Development Committee begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, where lawmakers will discuss the proposed sale of the former School 71 building, at 104 Lang Ave., to King Center Charter School. The charter school’s planned move out of the King Center, at 938 Genesee St., has been a controversial topic in City Hall for about a month.

• The Council’s Legislation Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

• Public input on redeveloping brownfields will be sought during three open houses this week, each of which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. The Buffalo River brownfield opportunity area will be discussed Tuesday in the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St. The Tonawanda Street Corridor is the subject Wednesday in the Riverside Institute of Technology, 51 Ontario St., and the Buffalo Harbor brownfield opportunity area will be discussed Thursday in the Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, 315 Carolina St.

• The Council’s Claims Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers.

• A career fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Community Action Organization JFK Community Center, 114 Hickory St. Employers with job openings will attend the event, which is sponsored by CAO, and the Buffalo Employment and Training Center.

• A meeting of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 209 of City Hall.

• The Preservation Board meets at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 901, and will consider a local landmark designation for the Meidenbauer-Morgan compound in the Fruit Belt. The buildings, one of which is a Civil War-era house, would be demolished under plans by St. John Baptist Church for a pharmacy and deli.

• Project Slumlord will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway. The group is focused on reducing slum and blight in city neighborhoods. Housing Court Judge Patrick Carney and city building inspectors are expected to attend.